Premium business cards for gamers. This is a thing. I am not kidding you.
Someone made a company that makes business cards for gamers, so you can easily “share all your gamertags and information at conventions, tournaments or anywhere you find some worthy competition”.
Seriously. I am not making this up.
Let’s hope this particular consumer group never discovers social media.
No comments. Except for some comments, in no particular order:
- That’s no moon.
- Use the Force, Luke!
- Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?
- Into the garbage chute, fly boy!
- Curse my metal body, I wasn’t fast enough!
- Luke, at that speed will you be able to pull out in time?
- Get in there, you big furry oaf! I don’t care what you smell!
So, while I didn’t really like the new Star Trek movie all that much, I actually forgot to write one of the positive things about the movie: for the first time (in a very long time) a movie wasn’t ruined by trailers.
By that I mean that movie trailers have become fucking obnoxious movie previews, that tries to sell a movie by condensing as much of the plot and effects into a short trailer - instead of framing the story itself, teasing the experience or creating excitement thru hints. I often skip going to the movies and just “get the movie somewhere else later, cough cough”, because I feel the trailers have already told the story of the movie.
As I was leaving the cinema after watching Into Darkness, that was one of the positives I was thinking about: the movie wasn’t ruined before it started.
Things missing from this infographic:
- Total amount of rage tweets and negative forum posts over “error 37”
- Number of broken keyboards and/or suicide attempts during the first 72 hours of server problems
My review of Star Trek Into Darkness
I didn’t like it very much. There. I said it. And, see, I’m a simple guy. If a movie has either space ships, explosions or good looking chicks I am pretty much sold. This Star Trek movie has all those things - but the movie itself feels like an incoherent mess.
The best part of the movie was actually in the beginning, when we get a glimpse of life on Earth in the future. Very few sci-fi movies ever really achieves suspension of disbelief, but there were glimpses of intelligently composed imagery that felt almost as natural and believable as Blade Runner. The beginning scenes might actually very well be the first big screen picture that paints a universe as interesting and comprehensive as the metropolitan areas of Mass Effect. Yes, I just mentioned Blade Runner and Mass Effect, the epitome of sci-fi universes for movie and gaming media respectively. The beginning had glimpses of that greatness.
But only the beginning. As for the rest of the movie: the plot itself is way too convoluted with old Star Trek references, unnecessary obstacles and personal drama that ultimately just subtract from the story itself. The movie tries to be too many things: a science fiction movie and an action movie, but ultimately only kinda succeeds at the action part. It’s just a series of pretty image sequences in space.
Odd that J.J. Abrams spends an entire movie looking back in time, when the timeline has already been reset - and sci-fi as a genre has evolved so much since 1982.
A teaser for a kickstarter? A “coming soon” announcement of a fundraising campaign? Really?
Don’t get me wrong, I loved Syndicate. I kinda liked Syndicate Wars. I actually even thoroughly enjoyed the first person shooter Syndicate, which I felt was a really clever re-imagination of a great sci-fi setting.
But I wonder if “that man” mentioned in the trailer above has any respect for his potential customers (or gamers in general), when he feels it is appropriate to release a hype trailer for a project that begs that same customer base for their money.
Get ready everyone! Soon, very soon, in less than a month, we will allow you to donate money to us! For free! Dance puppets, dance! \o/
So on Google Glass I have just one question: when will the first porn released?
I’m delighted to announce that we’ve reached an agreement to acquire Tumblr!
We promise not to screw it up. Tumblr is incredibly special and has a great thing going. We will operate Tumblr independently. David Karp will remain CEO. The product roadmap, their team, their wit and irreverence will all remain the same as will their mission to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve. Yahoo! will help Tumblr get even better, faster.
A lot of smart people have said a lot of smart things about this acquisition, so I won’t try to do the same.
Instead I will comment on the tone and language being used here: human English. I find that refreshing and delightful. While social media hasn’t made us more social, it has at least helped bring a human aspect to corporations - something that in its own way is helping to make the world a better place. This reads as human as something Sundance DiGiovanni would write, one of the communicators I respect a lot.